Anne Weber 2009-2010

Anne Weber received her B.A. in art (cum laude) from Yale University. A photographer and a painter, she has exhibited work in the U.S. and abroad, and has been awarded a number of grants and residencies, including a Vermont Studio Center residency, Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship, Wooden Fish Fellowship (Japan), Morse Traveling Fellowship, and Louis Sudler Grant. She has worked on documentary projects examining the impact of the Three Gorges Dam in China as well as the rise and fall of the oil industry in southeastern Illinois.

Anne completed her Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies in 2009. For her final project, she offered her services as a wedding photographer at the Wake County Courthouse in North Carolina, providing participating couples a copy of their portrait free of charge. Each couple filled out a basic questionnaire in which they provided a snapshot of who they are and why they were there. “I became interested in how marriage is and has been defined legally, as well as how people define marriage for themselves: as a spiritual union, a legally binding procedure, a proclamation of love, a passport to a new life, or something else entirely,” she says. To see images from this project, visit: http://www.cdsporch.org/?p=410. Anne hopes to continue this work in several states where marriage is defined in various terms.

For her Hine fellowship, Anne worked with Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA) in 2009. She produced hundreds of images for IBA’s archive and communications materials, and gathered historical materials to help them tell their story. She produced two large exhibits “Somos Villa Victoria (Portraits From Parcel 19),” which was exhibited at IBA and a second exhibit, “The Geography of Marriage,” in which she photographed couples getting married in the Boston Courthouse and the Raleigh courthouse. This work was exhibited at Duke and can be seen online:

http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/projects/hine/gallery/anne-weber

http://www.mysouthend.com/index.php?ch=arts&sc=&sc2=news&sc3=&id=105358

http://www.anne-weber.com/470427/Civil-Ceremony-Project